Educational TV, Beer Commercials, and ‘The Gospel According to Sesame Street’

Everybody’s heard of the TV series “Sesame Street,” but what you may not know is that Father James Keller, the founder of The Christophers, was an inspiration to Joan Ganz Cooney, who created the show. During her college years, she heard him give a talk about the need for people to get into the media, [Read More…]

Politics, Punditry, and Personal Faith: An Interview with “Face the Nation’s” John Dickerson

Hitler analogies and political circuses may seem like a modern aspect of electioneering, but history tells a different story, as evidenced in John Dickerson’s new book “Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History,” which manages to be an educational, entertaining, and often surprising exploration of the good, bad and ugly of running for the [Read More…]

Author Explores Adoption, Autism, & Win-At-All-Costs Culture in Novel for Young People

It was just a few weeks ago when the world marveled at the sportsmanship of Olympic runners Abbey D’Agostino and Nikki Hamblin as they tripped and fell during the qualifying round of the women’s 5000-meter race, but supported and encouraged each other to finish anyway. For a while, at least, everyone realized that winning isn’t [Read More…]

Mother Teresa’s “Heart Was Big Like the Heart of God Himself”

“We have to do something about it.” As a child, that’s what Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu would say when her mother took her and her siblings out to serve hungry people in the streets of Macedonia. Agnes grew up to be Mother Teresa, who will become St. Teresa this Sunday Sept. 4. And she certainly did [Read More…]